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Vic King joins school board

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By Cindy Simpson

It took a change of the playbook, but now it’s official.

Former Roane County High School football coach Vic King is a Roane County Board of Education member.

On Monday, the Roane County Commission approved King filling the remainder of the seat of Marjorie Earick of District 5/6, who was elected to a four-year term last August.

Earick recently decided to step down because of her husband’s illness.

King, who retired from coaching and teaching in 2011, said he wants to continue giving back to his community and sees this as a opportunity to do so.

“I just thought it would be a way to keep contributing to the community,” he said. “These our our children in Roane County.”

“I have a vested interest being a teacher here so long. I just think it would be a way to keep my hand in it a little bit and maybe be a positive contributor to the community,” he added.

School Director Gary Aytes believes King’s years of service will be an asset to the school system.

“We look forward to him serving on the board,” Aytes said. “I think the expertise he’s gained over the 40 years or so he taught will serve us well. I think he’ll be a real asset to the Roane County school board.”

King had to wait on his appointment after the school board recommended him.

The Roane County Commission was ready to approve his nomination last month but could not because the school board had not accepted Earick’s resignation.

Earick had first joined the school board to fill the vacancy of former member Kim Nelson, who is now circuit court clerk. No records show a vote was taken to accept Nelson’s resignation.

King’s term will end at the next general election in August 2014.

The Roane County Commission approved King’s lone nomination during business Monday evening.